Night two of the 2013 Florida Sectionals took place tonight at the beautiful Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex. There are a few big names competing, but none of them have put up any times to indicate that this weekend is anything more than a “training weekend”.
Women’s 200 free
Jessica Hodgson of Bolles swam a lifetime best to come away with the win in 2:02.94, just missing a World Championship Trials qualifying time in the process (2:02.89). That’s still a great swim for the 17 year old, chopped more than a second off her previous best. Paige Schultz came home in the fastest final 50 (30.64) to finish second in 2:03.10. Cecilia Williams was 3rd in 2:03.78. Notably, Vien Nguyen of Saint Augustine had a big day, cutting almost six seconds off her best time, going from a 2:10.3 to 2:04.8 to finish 6th.
Men’s 200 free
Canadian Olympian Blake Worsley held on for the win in 1:51.54, finishing just ahead of Ryan Lochte, who touched in 1:51.82. Both swimmers were well off their best times, and are likely in the midst of a heavy training schedule in preparation for World Championships this summer. Columbian Olympian Julio Galofre dropped a few tenths from his seed time to finish 3rd in 1:52.49. Bolles teammates Ryan Murphy and Joe Schooling were also in this heat; they finished 4th and 6th, respectively.
Women’s 100 breast
Alia Atkinson, who was an individual NCAA champion while swimming collegiately at Texas A&M, ran away with this one, breaking the Sectional record with a winning time of 1:08.64. Atkinson now competes at South Florida Aquatic Club, while continuing to represent Jamaica internationally. Rebecca Ejdervik, a product of Arizona State now training at Hurricane (????), finished second in 1:09.95. Martha McCabe was third in 1:10.03.
Men’s 100 breast
Brazilian breaststroke specialist Felipe Lima went out hard and hung on for the win in 1:02.05. Lima represents Brazil for international competition, and is part of a growing international post-graduate contingent at Davie Nadadores. Jorge Murillo finished strong to get under his seedtime and touch 2nd in 1:02.50. Warren Barnes was third (1:03.52).
Women’s 100 fly
Caroline Colorado of the Davie Nadadores had both the fastest opening and closing 50s to overwhelm the field, touching in 1:01.41. 16-year-old Isabel Reis of Seacoast Swimming was 2nd in 1:03.27. Catalina Mendieta of Performance Aquatics (1:03.43) finished 3rd.
Men’s 100 fly
Bolles was represented in this heat, placing three high schoolers in the top four. Joseph Schooling, who set the national high school record in the short course version of this event a few months ago, touched ahead of Ryan Lochte for the win with a time of 54.71. Lochte came home well to touch second in as many events tonight in 55.20. After he announced he would be dropping the 400 IM for this next Olympic cycle, this event looks to be a clear focus for Lochte going forward. Santo Condorelli was out fast, but faded to 3rd in 55.22, just out-touching teammate Ryan Murphy (55.23).
Women’s 400 IM
Vien Nguyen was the youngest event winner of the evening, overtaking Vanessa Treasure with a fast freestyle leg to touch 1st in 4:50.91. Treasure took the lead with the fastest breaststroke leg of the field, ultimately finishing in 4:53.32. Lauren Neidigh was 3rd.
Men’s 400 IM
Connor Green used a quick backstroke split to take an early lead and didn’t look back, winning in 4:27.60. The 17 year old trains with Chuck Batchelor at Bluefish Swim Club, the club coach and program that produced U.S. Olympian Elizabeth Beisel. Mark Blazevski closed on Green during the breaststroke leg, but had to settle for 2nd in 4:28.91. Brian Poon, a 15 year old from Phoenix Swimming, had a big day, dropping 8.5 seconds from his seed time to finish 3rd in 4:31.16.
Men – Team Rankings – Through Event 16
1. Davie Nadadores Swim Team 419 2. Bluefish Swim Club 385
3. Bolles School Sharks 256 4. Swim Florida 178
5. Swim Fort Lauderdale 173 6. Charles River Aquatics 156
7. Phoenix Swimming 113 8. Seacoast Swimming Association 112
9. Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club 108 10. South Florida Aquatic Club 81
11. City Of Lafayette Aquatics 56 12. Performance Aquatics 48
13. Daytona Beach 42 14. Swim Macon 26
15. Coral Springs Swim Club 20 16. AK Sharks 19
17. Brandon Sports & Aquatic Cente 14 18. University of Florida 11
19. Jupiter Dragons Swim Team 7 20. Treasure Coast Swimming Conqui 5
21. Wahoo’s of Wellington 2 22. Southwest Stars Swim Club 1
Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 15
1. Bluefish Swim Club 390 2. Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club 303
3. Davie Nadadores Swim Team 270 4. South Florida Aquatic Club 266
5. Seacoast Swimming Association 164 6. Swim Fort Lauderdale 117.5
7. Charles River Aquatics 79 8. Bolles School Sharks 77
9. Pine Crest Swimming 74.5 10. Plantation Swim Team 73
11. Makos Aquatics Club of Gainesv 63 12. Saint Augustine Swim Team 61
13. Southwest Stars Swim Club 54 14. T2 Aquatics 53
15. Phoenix Swimming 44 16. Swim Florida 42
17. Connecticut Aquatic Club 36 18. University of Florida 31
19. City Of Lafayette Aquatics 30 20. Coral Springs Swim Club 22
21. Hurricane Aquatics 21 21. SwimFast 21
23. Performance Aquatics 20 24. AK Sharks 19
25. Gulliver Swim Club 17 26. Swim Macon 13
27. Julington Creek Loggerhead Aqu 11 28. Wahoo’s of Wellington 6
28. Martin County Aquatics 6 28. North Palm Beach Swim Club 6
31. Pueblo County Swim Team 1